A social media “trend” is leaving younger humans with proper intellectual fitness issues “dealing with an unfair and distressing complaint”, private-faculty leaders say.

“Sadfishing” is a growing “behavioral trend”, wherein human beings make “exaggerated claims approximately their emotional problems to generate sympathy”, the heads say.

And it manner those with real issues are often not noted or maybe bullied.

Young humans are locating sad fishing very “tough to manage”, the Headmasters’ and Headmistresses’ Conference says.

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It commissioned a document, Digital Awareness UK, primarily based on interviews with 50,000 scholars within the UK.

The file rates a student who shared on social media they were “feeling surely down”.

“I were given a whole lot of human beings commenting on and ‘liking’ my post but then a few human beings said I changed into sadfishing, the next day at college, for interest,” the pupil said.

Earlier this year a separate, Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) study, of 250,000 instructors in forty eight international locations, counseled colleges in England had the highest incidence of troubles with on-line behavior.

It indicated 27% of head instructors in England had to cope with problems related to on-line bullying each week – as compared with an international common of 3%.

Chris Jeffery, head trainer of Bootham School, in North Yorkshire, who chairs the HMC’s wellness operating institution, said social media and cell generation were now an “inescapable element of the panorama of the lives of younger people”.

“Given the character of that technology, traits are fast-shifting and it’s far vital that educators and mother and father have ordinary insights into how young people are the use of their gadgets,” he said.